MORNING AGAIN IN AMERICA
Ours is the land of the free because it is the home of the brave. America's future will always be great because our nation will always be strong. And our nation will be strong because our people will be free. And our people will be free because we will be united, one people under God, with liberty and justice for all.
RONALD REAGAN, NOVEMBER 4, 19841
IN BETWEEN THE JOURNEYS to Normandy and to Bitburg, Ronald Reagan won a second term as president by the largest electoral-vote landslide in U.S. history. He carried 49 states, receiving 525 electoral votes to 10 for Democratic nominee Walter F. Mondale, who carried his home state of Minnesota by less than one percentage point and also won the District of Columbia. Reagan won 59 percent of the popular vote. He gained a majority in every region of the country, in every age group, in cities, towns, suburbs, and rural areas and in every occupational category except the unemployed. Sixty-one percent of independents and a quarter of registered Democrats voted for Reagan. He won the votes of 62 percent of the men and 54 percent of the women, even though Mondale set a precedent by choosing Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate. Reagan's showing was an improvement from 1980, when only 47 percent of women had voted for him. A polling analyst concluded that the "gender gap" had damaged Mondale, who "had bigger problems with male voters than Reagan had with females." 2 Reagan had majorities among every ethnic group except Hispanics, where he increased his percentage of the vote from 37 percent to 44 percent. He won a majority among voters earning $10,000 or more a year and a majority among whites earning more than $5,000. Sixty-three percent of all white voters cast their ballots for Reagan-- and 73 percent of white Protestants. Fifty-six percent of Catholics voted for Reagan. Mondale won the votes of two out of three Jewish voters and nearly nine out of ten blacks. He became only the second Democratic presidential